Both Drivers Might Be Liable In Volusia Road Fight That Killed Boy
WFTV.com has reported an extremely tragic story about a 5-year old boy in Deltona who was killed when a car left a local roadway and struck him at a bus stop on Normandy Boulevard.
Apparently, two vehicles – a gold car and a green pickup truck – were travelling down Normandy Boulevard and engaged in some kind of fight or argument as they drove down the road. According to eyewitnesses, occupants of the two vehicles were throwing things back and forth at each other and weaving through traffic.
The driver of the gold car was the last to throw an object – just before he lost control of his car, jumped the curb, and hit a bus stop bench where 5-year old Luis Ortiz and his family were sitting.
The worst part of the story is that the drivers of both the green pickup and of the gold car saw what happened, but left the scene while the little boy lay there dying. The extreme cowardice displayed by both of these driver is almost beyond belief.
Police are looking for both vehicles and their drivers. If these drivers can be found, they will each likely be charged with very serious crimes. As a Winter Park accident attorney, I know that if these drivers can be identified, BOTH drivers can probably be held liable for money damages related to the child’s death, even though the green pickup didn’t hit the boy. In fact, I think both drivers could potentially face punitive damages for their actions.
As an additional note, if boy’s parents carried Uninsured Motorist coverage on their auto insurance policy, they could utilize these benefits even if neither of the vehicle drivers is ever identified.
We will certainly be keeping Luis Ortiz, and his family, in our prayers.